Recently, I have got the following through mail:
“I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native self-culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation“.-Lord McCauley in his speech of Feb 2, 1835, British Parliament.
I really wonder how the idea suggested by this man has changed the entire education system, cultural values and make us forget our roots.
I do not have anything to blame the Western education. That has taught me many things. Including the Internet in which I am currently working on. But, there are atleast a few things in Our Country that could be learnt.
Let me take the example of Medicine. The Medical system of the country never care about the early medical system of India. There are hundreds of ancient books written exclusively for Medicine. But, students are not ready to read them. Even our history books have a single line stating that "Sushruta was the first surgeon". It would be asked as a One mark question. Is our medical history is really worth only for a 1 mark question???
Let me take Civil Engineering. India is the place where temples like 'Periya Kovil' & 'Srirangam Raja Kopuram' are built. But no Indian studies them. Even, the latest Thiruvalluvar statue is built with lot of mathematical calculations. The Stapathi of that statue has gone to the verge of frustration and announced that he will teach his art only to 2 foreign students, who are so sincere.
The same condition exist in History, Geography, Mathematics, Space Research, Chemistry, etc. There is no doubt the western style is helpful in several ways. Let us use the best in both the systems so that a Overall progress could be obtained...